The Holidays and Self-Destructive Behavior

The holiday season often sparks a time of tremendous vulnerability in clients — when they start to engage in self-destructive behavior. Understand why the holidays may drive people to self-harm, and what you can do to help your client get through this time of year in manageable and healthy ways.

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When Clients are Traumatized by Clergy Sexual Abuse

One of the great blessings in my career is the opportunity I’m given to travel to other parts of the world to train mental health professionals. I just returned from a wonderful trip to Ireland where I spent two days with an incredible group of dedicated clinicians who were eager to learn about treating addiction...

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Covered Exposure: A Muslim psychotherapist reflects on the day she revealed her religious identity to the world

Sabrina is more than a colleague and cherished friend, she is my sister. We have both long understood the power of our relationship.

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The Impact of Internet Gaming Disorders: A Full Blown Addiction

I was recently listening to a call-in radio show where a parent lamented the fact that her son had turned down an engineering scholarship and deferred starting college so he could continue spending 8 to 10 hours a day perfecting his video gaming skills in the hopes of pursuing that professionally. Although she was upset,...

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Addressing Suicide and Its Impact

Suicide is frighteningly prevalent in the United States. It’s the 10th leading cause of death, and every 12 minutes another life is lost. It’s estimated that for every person who commits suicide, six people are intimately impacted. Sadly, it often takes the suicide of celebrities to bring the tragic issue back into the spotlight. Loved...

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Making a Case for Sober Dating

A 2014 survey found that “36.4 of singles drink before going out,” and “nearly 50% drink an average of two to three drinks during the date.”

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Posturing for Therapeutic Success

Noticing the way clients hold their bodies in therapy can give us important information about their deeper feelings, needs and self-worth.

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The Value of Expressive Therapies

Understand the value of incorporating expressive modalities into your work with clients, allowing them to access their traumatic experiences in a safe therapeutic environment.

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Working With Client’s Dissociation

I’m often asked by clinicians how to best handle that challenging moment in therapy when a client suddenly “zones out” or “checks out.” 

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Internal vs. External Validation

Understand the difference between internal and external validation, and how to help clients find a balance between the two that will strengthen their self-worth.

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